I have a new listing that is an anomaly in this market. It’s a ‘normal sale’; which is kind of an ironic name for the least likely type of property you’re going to run across right now. What is a ‘normal sale’, you ask? A normal sale, is a property that is not owned by the bank or a relocation company and is not owned by a seller who has negative equity in the property. It’s just a regular person who owns a house, has equity and has it listed for sale.
Lately, if I have a buyer who marks 10 properties he wants to see, when I pull them up to research, five will be short sales, three foreclosures (bank owned properties), one will be owned by a relocation company and one will have a normal seller with equity (in certain price ranges and areas you can swap out one of the those foreclosures for a new build or a fix’n’flip).
So this new listing I have is kind of a gem. No, it’s not super upgraded and new, but it IS adorable, CLEAN and completely MOVE-IN READY. In this financial climate, those are some magic words right there. There is just something to be said for walking into a home smells like a human being could actually live there without wearing a gas mask.
This property is a townhouse in Northwest Phoenix. It was built in 1997, is 1542 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and has a two car garage. The subdivision has a community pool and tennis courts and is close to the I-17 (which is great for commuters).
I know what you’re wondering: Does it have granite counters and stainless steel appliances?
No, it has original laminate counters and cabinets and white appliances, clean and mold-free.
But it also doesn’t have a window sill covered in bee carcasses.
(I didn’t bring my camera the day I showed this house because I thought to myself as I was running out the door, ‘I won’t see anything super weird today,’ and then the very first house we walked into was a monstrosity with a bees-living-in-the-walls problem. So my client snapped these with her camera phone.)
Does it have an enormous backyard with a pool?
Nope, a cute little patio with pavers and rocks.
But it also doesn’t have a swampy death-trap of a former pool just waiting to suck the neighborhood kids in and put you in litigation before you’ve even moved in.
Are the floors ecologically friendly hardwood bamboo?
Nah, more like a pretty pergo knock-off.
But hey, it doesn’t have holes dug into the walls where an animal was obviously locked into one of the bedrooms (which is good, because it’s bad business to report your own clients to PETA).
And what is the odor like in the house? Is it roses and perfumed candles?
No, more like cookies and green cleaning products; nothing like the short sale I showed about three weeks ago that smelled just like it looks (yes, look close, those are hundreds of cigarette butts mixed in with the rock; it’s like some kind of new decorative landscaping element designed by prison inmates):
All of this loveliness is available for under $100,000. ($1 under, to be exact.) Feel free to check out the details and give me a call when you decide you’d rather your home buying process be less Horror Show, more Home and Garden Show.
I signed a new listing yesterday that will go live on the Multiple Listing System tomorrow. I decided to try out the new Flip camera to enhance my listing on the MLS and Century21.com (and of course ElizabethNewlin.com).
The house is adorable, and therefore, the perfect first subject. I, however, went in without a script or any video experience or knowledge and therefore would be happy to receive any advice or criticism. Video has recently become so accessible and user-friendly that I don’t doubt it will quickly become standard fare for showcasing listings. At the moment, however, it is a unique upgrade and I would like hone it as a skill before the rest of the crowd does.
Here is my maiden voyage on the sea of video (come back tomorrow for the rest of the listing info):
Yep, I know it’s been awhile. October has been the month that Fate designed as a reminder to me to not take on more than I can handle. We had the reunion the first weekend (don’t worry, stories and pictures to follow), a family vacation to California to watch my sister finish her second marathon the next and a wild, adult-only jaunt down to Rocky Point that we just got home from (oh and I definitely have pictures of that one, just wait until you see the mechanical bull riding that took place!) the last. Throw in a family-wide bout with the flu, the closing of my house on Jupiter Way and like five soccer games and you’ve pretty much gotten a clear picture of my month so far. So excuse my absence.
Anyway, I just wanted to pop on and post some pictures of my latest listing that went up just last week:
This is 6091 W. Shannon, Chandler. Such a cute house! The owners (James, Brandy and their cute little dog, Karma) are moving to Portland for work and therefore have to sell.
Before they put it on the market, they re-tiled the kitchen and baths, re-carpeted and put in granite tile counters. It’s gorgeous!
Don’t forget the pebbletech pool in back!
We are asking $390,500. It’s a great family neighborhood and a dream of a layout. Call me to see it!
Have I mentioned that I have a new listing? No? I totally do!
Check this baby out:
It’s a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath in West Chandler (Rural and Chandler Blvd., just South of Intel). It’s one of those houses that had the faulty plastic piping that leaked and was replaced with copper piping under a lawsuit a few years back. It also has decent sized bedrooms and a nice grassy back yard. We are asking $268,000. Call me if you want to see it!
OK, no blood (or pictures of blood) in this post. But I have been meaning to do this for awhile:
1. This cheap and cute Chandler listing:
is under contract to close on Thursday. Woo!
2. This nice one also in Chandler:
just went under contract this weekend, and real estate gods willing, will close September 7th.
Those are just to let you know that when the papers say that the market has bottomed out and nothing is selling, they’re wrong. The market’s feeling a bit lazy, but those buyers are still out there for the right price and the right house.
3. This East Mesa charmer:
is still hanging in there but has be dropped even further to $214,900. It’s a great deal!
4. I have a new listing as of this morning.
Such a great house! I’m thrilled to have it in my repertoire. It’s 2366 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 2 baths and a 3 car garage in Gilbert (Guadalupe and Lindsay). The subdivision it’s in is a unique little 60 home neighborhood with privately owned streets. It used to be a pecan grove and most of the lots still contain one or two of the now massive, 80-year old trees. The landscaping is lush and perfectly manicured and the lots are all over-sized with nice big RV gates. They have a huge diving pool in back and a 12-seater in-ground spa in the back. We’re asking $425,000.
I’ve been meaning to get my two new listings up. Here is the first one:
5413 W. Fairview, Chandler
This is a great house, in an awesome location for a fabulous price. It has four bedrooms, two full baths, 2025 square feet, a 3 car garage and a pebble tech diving pool. It’s just two miles West of the Chandler mall and we are asking $350K. It won’t last long, I promise!
OK, I know I mentioned that I have lots going on. So I’m going to start with my current listings (and tomorrow we’ll move on to the new ones):
11117 E. Flossmoor, Mesa
This cute little number has been dropped to $218,000. What a fabulous deal! In this market it’s tough to find a newish house with a two car garage, three bedrooms and a backyard just made for dogs to run in for under $225,000. Snap it up!
589 W. Mariposa, Chandler
This beauty is dropped down to $259,900. This is a screaming deal. We are talking, literally the best priced house in Chandler for its age and square footage. Come by and see it, you’ll love how immaculate it is inside. And what a great location! Alma School and Warner is just a stone’s throw from the 101 and not a bad commute at all to Scottsdale or downtown. This one won’t last long at this price.
I am currently holding my East Mesa listing open right now. I have cookies and fliers and a super cute house to look at, so if you’re brave enough to make it through the rain and cold, get out here and see me!
In other news, I have been busy as usual. I have a new listing out in Maricopa that I am just waiting to post about until I have pictures that do it justice. It is very cute and nicely upgraded.
I also photographed a wedding last night. You didn’t know that I’m the multitasker extrodinare did you? It was a good time. I only do weddings on a strictly referral basis, but as my husband reminded me last night, it’s fun to meet families and see them so happy and beautiful and it keeps my skills sharp (it was that time of the night when I was 7 hours and 900 photos in to the wedding day and desperately wanting to crawl under the table with a cocktail and a pillow).
This was the bride:
Her name is Elizabeth, also, but it was OK, because her family and close friends call her Buffy, and my family and close friends call me Mini, so instead of Elizabeth and Elizabeth we were Buffy and Mini (yes, yes, you can feel sorry for those of us given long names at birth, we are destined to live our lives answering to names usually reserved for poodles).
Anyway, the weather held, the wedding was beautiful and kids in dressy outfits kill me, so it was enjoyable night all around. Check these two out:
He is the five year old nephew of the groom and she is the three year old niece (they’re kissing cousins). She was not thrilled about being forced to wear a dress and tights and parade around on the orders of grownups everywhere, so this was almost the only moment she wasn’t throwing a fit the whole night. Except, of course, for this point:
As I mentioned, I took a new listing out in East Mesa this weekend. I went back yesterday and took rain-free photos:
It’s a home perfect for a young family. It has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths and is close to great schools. It’s on Signal Butte and Southern and has several upgrades including tile in the kitchen and entry way, ceiling fans in all of the rooms and new vertical blinds. We are asking $225,000 and offering a 1 year home warranty with successful close of escrow. Please contact me if you’re interested in seeing it!